2013-01-31

Stuff my mom taught me

My mom had this trick. When she was cooking something something easily burned she'd put coins on the heating element. Kept the bottom of the pot cooler, because less surface area touched the heat source directly, see?

I bought this neat whistling glass kettle on Amazon. Anything that gets hot in my house needs to either whistle of turn itself off, otherwise my house will eventually burn down. Anyway! Neat glass kettle! Transparent! I didn't realize that it was meant to be used on a gas stove. The manufacturer provided a workaround: a flower shaped (2D) piece of wire to put on the heating element. Keeps the bottom of the kettle cooler, see?

But I got house cleaners, because otherwise everyone would die. Probably everyone everyone because that's the kind of mould that would grow in my kitchen. My house cleaners do an excellent job. They move stuff, they clean, they move stuff back close to where they found it. I have no idea where the wire flower is.

But I got coins!

Now, pennies don't work; I am sorry if you'd hoped for a use for these worthless space wasters. Pennies melt. That's right, you stick the pennies on the burner, put the pot on top and the pennies melt. Then they shrivel up into something black that you have to pry from the heating element. You can barely tell those pathetic shriveled things are metal.

So, in lieu of pennies and wire flower I used dollar coins. No meltage. They're black, but unstuck and nothing exploded and I now have a pot of lovely tea*.





* Wheel of Time question: how does tea spoil? When you store tea poorly it looses its flavor. It starts to taste like dry grass. (I know this because I used to try to make tea. Always a disappointment. If you want your tea to taste of blueberries you'd do well to freeze dry the berries and leave the bush alone.) But how does tea spoil?




And also, spring is here!




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